Laser hair removal is regarded as one of the safest and most effective hair removal techniques: it’s fast, less painful than waxing, and best of all, it offers long-term results. Laser hair removal is increasingly becoming the method of choice for a lot of people who wish to permanently remove unwanted hair.

What is laser hair removal?
It is the procedure in which laser light is used to alter the hair follicle in order to diminish or prevent future hair growth.

How is it performed?
The laser is attracted by melanin, the dark pigment that gives colour to hair and skin. The laser tracks this pigment to the root of each hair and then releases heat energy, causing the damage that hinders growth. As these excess hair treatments can only target the hair that is presently in a state of growth, a series of sessions is usually required to guarantee a long-lasting final outcome. If a follicle is in one of its dormant (non-growing) phases, the hair follicles will not be affected.

How often are treatments administered?
Laser hair removal is performed approximately every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the area being treated, until a good result is seen. The actual number of treatments varies, although typically six treatments or more are needed for optimum results.

Are there any limitations before treatment?
Tanning (natural sunlight or tanning salon) and self-tanning lotion should be avoided prior to laser hair removal treatments. These darken the complexion, reducing the ability of the laser to penetrate the skin – the result is that less light from the laser actually reaches the hair and the follicle.

How should I prepare for treatment?
The skin must be shaved to remove any hair on the surface prior to your laser hair removal appointment. However, you should not wax or pluck prior to the treatment. If the entire hair shaft is removed from the follicle, the light will not be absorbed and the follicle will not be affected.

How long does treatment take?
Treatments can take as little as 10 minutes and up to 2 1/2 hours (for full body), depending upon the size of area being treated.

Are there any limitations after treatment?
You may resume all activities immediately after laser hair removal treatment, including swimming and other forms of exercise. However, if you are going to be in the sun, you should use a sunscreen to prevent sunburn or tanning, at least until the redness from the laser treatment has resolved (usually a few hours to days).

What can I expect after treatment?
Your skin may be slightly red for a short time afterwards. This is normal and settles within 24 hours.

Is treatment painful?
Laser hair removal is virtually painless, but the intensity and duration of treatment depends upon hair colour, hair density, hair thickness and skin colour.

Which laser hair removal machines are used at Dr A. R. Shamma’s clinic?

Diode LIGHT Sheer® is perfect for permanent hair removal for all skin types and thick, coarse facial and body hair.

The GentleMax Pro is a system that delivers a range of treatments – hair removal for all skin types, as well as pigmented and vascular lesions. It’s considered the best laser for hair removal as it’s actually two lasers in one. It is Candela’s GentleYag (an ND:Yag laser) combined with their GentleLase (an Alexandrite laser).

In a review of clinics and hair removal systems, New York magazine listed The GentleMax Pro as one of the best 5 laser hair removal machines available.

Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body. Today’s medical electrolysis devices destroy the growth center of the hair with chemical or heat energy. After a very fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle, thehair is removed with tweezers.

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